The strategy of joint economic development, that is, the formation of the so-called “small Schengen-like area”, will be one of the topics that the deputy prime minister of the Government of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlovic will discuss with the prime ministers of Albania and North Macedonia, Edi Rama and Zoran Zaev respectively, in early October in Belgrade.
“Each of these Western Balkans countries is too small to attract global investors, without which there is no constant economic growth. However, together, we can be more competitive, both in relation to the EU and to other world markets,” Mihajlovic said and urged the countries of the Western Balkans to create a strategy of joint economic development.
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She added that all internal customs and border barriers related to the transport of goods and services between Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia should be abolished.
“The Transport Community, which seat recently opened in Belgrade, could support us in this,” the press release says.
She went on to say that it would also be good for the Western Balkans countries to harmonize their infrastructural policies.
“Perhaps the first step towards that could be to form a regional network of electric vehicle chargers,” Mihajlovic said and also proposed a unified system of toll collection on the motorways in the region which would “enable the citizens of our countries to pass toll ramps without stopping.”
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